Official new data confirms what people in Fremantle already know – that health costs have never been higher than under Scott Morrison.
The Government’s own Health Department has revealed to the Senate that people in Fremantle pay an average out-of-pocket fee of $41.75 to see a GP.
This is a record high – up $9.69 or 30 per cent since the Liberals were elected – making Fremantle electorate the second most expensive place to see a GP in Western Australia.
Over the same period, the state’s average increase was 26 per cent.
The Health Department has also contradicted the Government’s claims on bulk billing, admitting that 35 per cent of patients in Fremantle have to pay to see a GP.
Specialist out-of-pocket fees are also at record highs, with people in Fremantle paying an average $83.87 to see a specialist – up a staggering 47 per cent under the Coalition.
With just 15.5 per cent of people in Fremantle always bulk billed by specialists, these costs hit thousands of locals every year.
These new figures are a damning indictment of the Coalition’s record of cuts and neglect in health.
While the rising cost of everyday living in an environment of stagnant wages is biting across the board, it is worse for people in need of general and specialist medical care who often face grim choices between treatment and basic necessities like food and utilities.
After the Liberals tried and failed to impose a GP Tax, they introduced the Medicare freeze – a GP Tax-by-stealth – which remains in place today.